Speech Communication

Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Arts
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: SAC

What is the Speech Communication program?

The speech communication program combines applied, practical knowledge with the art and theory of communication. The need to communicate effectively is important in every personal and professional relationship. Speech is also a core requirement for many degree programs.

What will I learn?

At its most basic level, speech is the use of oral communication to convey information from one person to another. It is what makes us human. Our ability to communicate effectively, both face to face and online, is a skill that is vital to our successful interaction with other humans. Understanding and leveraging effective speech communications provides pathways to building understanding, developing community, and inspiring leadership. Students study leadership skills, group dynamics, effective interviewing techniques, interpersonal relations, public speaking, debate, interviewing, using your voice effectively, oral interpretation, and conflict resolution.

What can I do with this course of study?

Employers say that communication is the number one skill necessary for success in the workplace. Communication skills are especially valuable in business, personnel training, human resources, advertising, public relations, marketing, law, teaching, higher education administration, advertising, hotel management, political consulting, speechwriting, broadcast journalism, social media management, technical communication and radio/television/online broadcasting. The speech communication program provides courses, workshops, and competition opportunities that develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and interpersonal communication. Majors will demonstrate skills in creating presentations, functioning in teams as members and leaders, and nurturing relationships that can be used in communication fields.

What's special about our program?

Students in the speech communication program engage in real-world application through various class group projects, participation in communication workshops, and SpeakOUT, a semester event featuring student speakers. The program sponsors a nationally ranked speech team, where SAC students compete with other college and university students in public speaking and oral interpretation events.

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Contact Us

Kevin Conlon
(210) 486-0494

Susan Cunningham
Program Coordinator
(210) 486-0260

Mandy Derfler
Academic Unit Assistant
MCFA 105
(210) 486-0258